Another excellent blog post from soifixmyeyes.com – especially for those of us who are waiting on the Lord to fulfill our dreams (whether it’s finding a spouse, or a job, or healing, or whatever), and maybe getting a little impatient in the meantime:
No one likes to wait. Our culture and society is driven by instant gratification. We have the internet, instant messaging, on demand TV, fast food, online shopping, and the list goes on. Almost everything we could ever want or need is at the tip of our fingers, just a click away. But God’s kingdom doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t operate on our timetable or expectations. In fact, He often asks us to wait.
Wait. Oh how we hate that word! We’d rather have God’s blessings now. We’d rather see God at work now. We’d rather do anything now. Waiting is probably one of the most difficult things for us to do. Why? Because it requires inaction and trust. Two attributes that we, as sinful humans, struggle with. Just look at various characters of the Bible. For instance, Sarah got tired of waiting and decided to “help” God out. How did that turn out? Not so great…we can thank her for all the problems the world is facing in the Middle East right now.
Kristen Renfer, fellow blogger and former Bible-Bee’er, has been doing a study on Hosea over the past several weeks, and I found her post from August 2nd particularly thought-provoking.
Some quick excerpts:
In Hosea’s day, the people were quick to voice confessions and utter the correct words, but their hearts and lives did not line up with what they said.
. . . But God saw right through their pretenses and knew that in truth, they were insincere in their devotion to Him.
. . .No, we are not free from this struggle. Now, more than ever, it is easy to fall into the snare of lip service.
I encourage you to check out her full post here!
Someone whose blog I follow recently posted this on her blog, and I thought it was so neat, I received permission to reblog it here:
As I was studying the construction of the Jewish temple, I was astounded by one of the things I found.
Within the Inner Court lies the main part of the temple building, the section dedicated to the Holy Sanctuary and to the Holy of Holies. However, in order to enter the Holy of Holies one had to pass through three doors. The first door called “The Life”, the second “The Truth” which led into the Holy Sanctuary, and the third door was called “The Way” which opened into the Holy of Holies.
(from Easton’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary by Matthew George Easton)
Isn’t this amazing! When Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) He was using a word picture that the Jews would completely understand. There was only one way into the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelt, and that was through the three doors called “The Way”, “The Truth”, and “The Life”.
So the next time you think of this verse or are questioned about whether Jesus is the only way, remember the diagram of the temple and that three walls separated the average person from the presence of God. And those walls could only be overcome by going through three layers of single doors. Jesus is our door, the only avenue to the Father, and the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”